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AJ Johnson death: Friday star dies aged 55

The Independent
The Independent

Friday star and comedian AJ Johnson has been found dead in Los Angeles at the age of 55.

Johnson had reportedly been found unresponsive in a shop earlier this month and rushed to hospital.

His representative, LyNea Bell, confirmed the news to Deadline in a statement: “The world of comedy has truly been shaken, again. Our BH Talent family is heartbroken about the loss of the iconic legend of stage and screen Mr Anthony “AJ” Johnson. He has left with us amazing memories of his laughter, dynamic acting skills, but most of all his enormous personality and heart of gold.”

Johnson was best known for his performance as the petty thief Ezal in the cult buddy comedy Friday, which was written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh.

Johnson also starred in Lethal Weapon 3, Menace II Society and House Party, and performed as a standup comedian.

His career received a big break in 1990 when he was cast in hit comedy House Party and as a result started performing standup around Los Angeles.

Another of his most prominent roles was in cult comedy The Players Club , which was directed by his Friday co-star, Ice Cube. The Players Club also stars a number of other prominent stars who have recently passed including Bernie Mac, Charlie Murphy, Tiny Lister and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Johnson also made several appearances in music videos, most prominently in Dr Dre’s “Dre Day” as a parody of Eazy-E.

His father was also a notable movie stuntman and co-founded the Black Stuntman’s Association.

A number of tributes have poured in from the entertainment world. Music producer, Swiff D tweeted that Johnson was: “Hands down one of the funniest dudes ever” whilst DJ First Class posted: “Damn, rest easy AJ “Ezel” Johnson,” alongside a photo of the actor.

Johnson is survived by his wife and three children.

No cause of death has been confirmed.

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Crystal Moore

Smokey is that you. hey everyone Smokey over here. I won't tell no one else 😂. this man was to funny. Gone to soon but never forgotten

Destiny Winn

Been eatin to much corn! Last laugh for Ezal! prayers for his family. Rest easy, you made us all laugh with your outstanding personality.

Sherry Buchanan

some of these would you feel if you read some of these comments about your loved ones 🤔. one thing for sure we all going to die when our time comes whether the color of your skin or not. show business or no business. stop putting race in every conversation. if you can't be part of the solution stop being part of the problem. have you forgot this social media and every one see it their families as well as yours. for the record he is my family. be blessed


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